Our daily coffee habit can do a lot for our health.
Coffee consumption has been investigated as a protective factor against cancer and in the last few decades there have been over two thousand studies looking at coffee and its protective effect against cancers.(1)
Coffee? Healthy? Oh yes! (2).
Coffee consumption has been shown to lower the risk or development of different types of cancers, including liver (3), digestive cancers, thyroid, oral, breast and prostate and other types(3).
Coffee is loaded with antioxidants and polyphenols with a protective effect on cellular health
Recent study published two months ago in the Annals of Internal Medicine highlights interesting aspects of our coffee drinking habits and how they can impact our longevity.(4)
Accessing the data from UK Biobank the researchers looked at the coffee habit of close to 200.000 people for almost a decade.
The results are fascinating.
Drinking 2-3 cups a day of black coffee, without sugar or with less than a teaspoon of sugar reduces our mortality risk by a whooping 30%.
Coffee increases our bowel movements ensuring regularity and improve digestion. But 6 cups a day can increase your mortality risk.
But taking the coffee bean juice loaded with sugar or cream did not offer the same protection.
Adding lots of sugar to the coffee encourages bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine called SIBO, leading to bloating and digestive issuses.
And drinking 6 or more cups a day increases your mortality risk.
Be aware that drinking several high caffeinated high sugar energy drinks like Red Bull within a few hours can actually be lethal (5)
But drinking coffee is not for everybody. If you suffer from gastro-oesophageal reflux disease ( GERD) have glaucoma or a family history of glaucoma of suffer from urinary incontinence, it is worth switching to decaf if you still enjoy your daily coffee fix.